As cities around the world gather to celebrate Pride this month, there’s no reason why the celebration of the LGBTQ community needs to end once July 1 rolls around. Raising up and supporting LGBTQ folks is something that you can and should do year-round. If you’re a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally, one easy way to show support is to shop with LGBTQ owned brands that offer plus sizes.
Money talks and investing your dollars back to LGBTQ-owned brands and designers allows these businesses to grow, thrive and serve their community all while outfitting you with some killer threads. Since I know the frustration of finding the perfect queer fashion piece and seeing the largest size offered is only a medium, I wanted to shine a light specifically on the LGBTQ-owned boutiques and designers that either offer plus sizes or cater specifically to larger-bodied babes.
A Few LGBTQ Owned Brands That Offer Plus Sizes
When Premme first launched in summer 2017, the internet made a collective run for their wallets. This was due mostly to its co-founders, Gabi Gregg and Nicolette Mason, who are two of the most well known plus size bloggers in the fashion game. They continue to release collections of lust-worthy pieces available up to a size 30.
2. Audio Helkuik
Audio Helkuik is a queer/trans designer who makes chain and leather goods including harnesses, belts and chokers up to a size 3X. They design with an intentional disregard for gender norms because everyone who wants to be draped in pearls, chains and leather should have a way to do so!
Chromat designs structural lingerie, swimwear and sportswear.They are known for being one of the most inclusive brands to show at New York Fashion Week showcasing a line featuring models who are plus size, transgender, non-binary, over the age of 50 and 72% of their models are people of color. They recently expanded to offer pieces up to a 3X.
4. Fat Fancy
Fat Fancy is a radical plus size boutique located in Portland. They are known for selling fat positive tees and buttons alongside rare plus size clothing gems. I once scored a sequin Beth Ditto for Evans sweater dress from them that I will treasure forever.
5. Kirrin Finch
Kirrin Finch is a Brooklyn-based brand was started by couple Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat based on their own frustration finding clothing to fit their personal style. They make menswear-inspired apparel that fits a range of female bodies in sustainable fabrics. Their pieces are available up to a size 20.
6. Plus Equals
If you’re looking for a plus size brand with a truly impressive size range, then Plus Equals is IT! They make gender neutral pieces in sizes 14-42 and available in custom sizing beyond that. With an affinity for colorful sequins patterns, bold colors and a rainbow faux fur or two, Plus Equals is a fat femme favorite.
7. Curve Conscious
If you’re in the Philadelphia, then Curve Conscious is the plus size consignment boutique to support. They offer gently used or never worn styles in sizes 12-24. They also offer options to swap items giving you a chance to give your old clothes a new home while filling your closet.
The brand gc2b is a trans-owned company that creates accessible, comfortable and safe binding options for trans people. Their binders are available in five shades of nude AND come in sizes XXS-5XL. Their “Pride” tees are also available up to a 4XL.
9. Rebirth Garments
This Chicago-based brand is all about challenging beauty standards and aims to be inclusive of all sizes, genders, and abilities. The use of bright colors and innovative designs highlight the areas that society wants people to hide in what Rebirth Garments calls Radical Visibility. All items are made to order with custom sizing.
10. Tyler Wallach Studio
Tyler Wallach is a queer artist who has taken his street art characters from canvas to clothing. His work is bold, in-your-face and unapologetically loud. He offers all-over print tees up to a 5XL.
This list is not exhaustive but hopefully it helps you discover some new brands and make you mindful of who you are supporting. Rainbow apparel is great but helping an LGBTQ-owned business thrive is BETTER.
Also, many of these brands are offering Pride month discounts and coupons so don’t forget to follow them on social media and show your support all year long!
Did we miss your favorite LGBTQ owned brand that offers plus sizes? Let us know in the comments below!
Alysse Dalessandro is a plus size fashion blogger, writer, social influencer, designer, and professional speaker. After graduating with a double-major in Journalism and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago, this entrepreneur is best known as the owner/designer for body positive fashion brand and personal style blog Ready to Stare. Her brand has become a haven for those whom fashion has otherwise ignored. It's a space where individual style is celebrated and breaking the rules is encouraged. Alysse has been featured on Good Morning America, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post and more. She recently walked in dapperQ's fourth annual queer fashion show during New York Fashion Week.